Thursday, 6 September 2012

BATES OUT


7 Years of Lies
Article by Ben Dixon 

This takeover is just taking the piss now. Over 3 months of so called ‘negotiations’ and very little information from Leeds United has left many Leeds fans on the verge of insanity. Waking up every day and immediately checking for any information on the takeover, hoping desperately that Ken Bates has done the first decent thing for many a year. Find a pen and sign over the club to these wealthy Arabs. What he thinks he’s gaining from keeping the deal on a knife-edge and the fans on tenterhooks is beyond me. One thing I do know for sure is that if this deal falls through, which is a very real possibility due to the length of time it’s been going on for, Ken Bates would be in mortal danger and would be lucky to make his 81st birthday. Hopefully the deal will concluded very quickly with do or die negotiations taking place as I write this but you just never know with Uncle Ken.

Leeds fans have rarely felt hope like it in the past 10 years with star player after star player being sold to fund Ken Bates hotels. When the statement was released announcing Leeds were in negotiations with a party about the takeover of the club the renewed optimism of promotion was back within the club with people expecting it to be completed in time for Neil Warnock to invest the new found money into a squad capable of promotion. We should have known better. In fact the length of the takeover was partly to blame for the departure of our star man and captain. Rob Snodgrass. In an interview this week he said the uncertainty around the future of the club helped him make up his mind. A parting shot from Ken? If so it was a hell of a big one which may cost us dear this season. So Ken Bates if you’re reading this and haven’t pissed off yet, please do. Cheers.

Anyway away from the takeover and time to focus on the actual football, which considering how little money and players we have, has been surprisingly good. 7th in the table after 4 games, 3 of which were against favourites for promotion. After the Blackpool match came a trip to Peterborough. This match was arguably the highlight of last season. See Fergie Junior bordering on tears after Leeds had won the game well into Fergie time was priceless and a rare moment of joy in an otherwise poor season. This time was less dramatic but just as pleasing with that man again scoring twice to secure a 2-1 wins. Yes Luciano Becchio is in a smoking vein of form and is no doubt attracting the attention of Norwich for the January transfer window……

Then on Saturday was Blackburn at Elland Road. After half an hour things weren’t looking great at 2-0 down. The Leeds team of last year may have just folded and it would have turned into a rugby score. But not this year. This year we got back into it with a scruffy El-Hadji Diouf goal to accompany his 4 month contract. Then up stepped Ross McCormack with his first goal of the season, and what a goal it was. Sprinting onto a long ball and volleying it Di-Canioesque into the top corner of Paul Robinson’s goal. Then it was 3-2. Becchio scoring his 4th league goal in 4 to put us into a deserved lead. We had many chances to extend on this lead too and missing these chances eventually cost us. A cheeky back heeled goal from Rochina meant the points were shared. We still had the chance to win it right t the end but Diouf spurned his effort over the bar. A brilliant performance that was let down by some poor finishing and some awful refereeing. Still, much to be pleased with and some encouraging performances within the team, notably Rodolph Austin, who unlike most You tube sensations is actually living up to the billing.

So a busy couple of days for Leeds United which could end in joy or despair. I hope for Ken Bates sake that it is joy otherwise I’ll seriously worry for his safety. Actually tell a lie. I’ll be on the first plane to Monaco to beat the crap out of him. Anyone care to join me?

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